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Blurring boundaries: distance learning in the 21st century

"DR KERRYN PRATT shares research that shows the ways distance learning is opening doors for secondary students in rural schools.

OtagoNet Logo Many years ago, when I was in my final years of secondary school, I had to decide what subjects I would take. I could choose from the core subjects that were offered at my school, I could take other subjects via the Correspondence School, or I could do as several of my friends did, and go to school in the nearest large town as a weekly boarder and do a wider range of subjects there.

Now, students have very different options. While the options I had are still available, they are increasingly supplemented by the opportunity for students to stay in their home school and take one or more of an ever-increasing range of subjects offered via distance learning. For the last decade, students in rural Otago have been able to take advantage of classes offered through OtagoNet."

........ read more from the New Zealand Education Review

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